ADIFF Celebrates Black History Month Through Music In Harlem

January 30, 2018

To celebrate Black History Month, The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) presents a series of films that explore the history of various music genres with a strong African influence in various parts of the world. Music, besides being a source of entertainment, is also a container of social commentary, a reflection on a culture, and can be a healing force and a force behind social change. Looking at the history of the development of various musical genres provides an entertaining and fascinating window on the cultural development of societies.

From February 2nd, 2018, to 4 ADIFF will present films that explore the history of music in Argentina, Uruguay, Senegal, The USA, Haiti, Peru, South Africa, Colombia and the UK. Highlights include Streetlight Harmonies – a who’s who of musicians that trace the evolution of American pop music from doo-wop and Phil Spector’s legendary ‘wall of sound’ up through Motown, surf music and the British Invasion and Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba, the wonderful documentary about famous South African singer Miriam Makeba and her struggle to end injustice against Black people worldwide.

Also in the program are Afro-Latino musical documentaries such as Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango set in France, Argentina and Uruguay; Susana Baca: Memoria Viva from Peru and Sons of Benkos from Colombia. All the films in the selection explore through music the cultural, political and social evolutions of various societies over specific periods of time.

ADIFF’s Black History Month Program is held from Friday, February 2 to Sunday, February 4 at Teachers College, Columbia University – 525 W 120th St. in 263 Macy Tickets are $11 and $13. Weekend Pass is $50.


For more information about the African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive links and high resolution images please contact .Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

Schedule at a Glance
Friday, February 2nd
7pm – Return to Goree – Free screening

Saturday, February 3rd
2:00pm – Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango
4:15pm – The story of Lovers Rock
6:30 pm – Streetlight Harmonies

Sunday February 4th
2:00pm – Susana Bacas & Sons of Benkos
4:30pm – When The Drum Is Beating
6:40pm – Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Tickets Availible Here

The African Diaspora International Film Festival BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM is made possible thanks to the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; the New York City Council in the Arts; and WBAI.

Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street  – 263 Macy, New York, NY 10027, (212) 864-1760

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